If you follow Barcelona closely, you’ll know all about their financial issues. Later this month the official accounts will be released, and while improvements have been made, it won’t make for comfortable reading for any Barca fans.
Right now, the talk is based on players that Barca are looking to sign. An ESPN report earlier today indicated that Xavi will be looking to strengthen his defensive midfield and both full-back spots next summer.
Can Barcelona afford to do any business without selling a key player first?
Remember, Barca only spent just under €4 million on permanent transfers this summer, bringing Oriol Romeu in from Girona.
They’ll also need to decide what to do about Felix and Cancelo, who are both currently on loan at the club. Cancelo will be the cheaper of the two, but cheap is a relative term when you’re talking about Barcelona.
Report: Barcelona still owe €207 million for previous transfers
A new report in SPORT outlines the obligations that Barca has to fulfil previous transfers.
Most of the debt relates to the business that we did in 2022. For example, €24m is due this year this year to Leeds for Raphinha and a further €38m will be due in the future.
€89 million needs to be paid this season, with another €118m due down the line. While there are no indications that Barca will be unable to pay, if they do default on a payment they could be sued, which in turn would likely lead to a transfer ban.
Barcelona still owe money to Bayern Munich for Robert Lewandwoski with €10 million owed this year of the €31 million still outstanding. For Ferran Torres it’s €13m to be paid this season and €26m down the line. For Kounde it’s €11m this season and €24m in the future.
So while we can sit here and look forward to future signings, the focus needs to be on paying for players that have already arrived.